For Hometown News
DAYTONA BEACH -- Dr. Bradley Litke and a Halifax Health operating staff recently performed the area's first robotic lung lobectomy.
Dr. used the procedure to treat a patient with lung cancer. Although the use of surgical procedures to treat lung cancer depend a lot on the type of cancer and its stage, robotic lung procedures are developing into an effective means of treatment, according to Halifax Health. Dr. Litke performed the minimally invasive procedure using the da Vinci robotic surgical system.
The lung lobectomy is a procedure where a lobe of the lung is removed through a long incision made on the chest, otherwise known as a thoracotomy. The robotic lung lobectomy allows for a minimal incision procedure that is more accurate and allows for faster healing time for the patient. The da Vinci technology allows the surgeon to view a live, three-dimensional image of the instruments used to perform the procedure.
Robotic lobectomies are generally suggested for patients who have non-small cell lung cancer because the tumors are slower to grow and more localize, making them easier to remove. Litke and his staff are excited about expanding the treatments made available for lung cancer patients in the Volusia/Flagler counties area.
For more information about surgery at Halifax Health, visit halifaxhealth.org/pulmonology